Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cleaning out my stamps! For Sale!

It is way past time for me to clean up my craft area. I seem to be a pack rat that never gets rid of ANYTHING :) I have a bunch of stamps that have been well loved but still have a long life ahead of them.
Let me know if anybody is interested in purchasing these. I will ship just about anywhere...they need a good home!

Email me and we can chat about prices.
My thoughts were:

Wood mounted stamps (singles) $2 each except for large maypole stamp with angels (let me know if you want a better picture of that one, the flash consumed it :) It has never been used and is HUGE $5
Stampin up sentiment sets $5
Stampin Up A little Birdie Told me $8
Stampin Up, Stampin around, 2 handles, 5 wheels and 4 inks in Blue, red, green and black. $15
Close to my heart - Greeting Tree cling set $3

Friday, September 17, 2010

Sewing a zig zag stitch on your cards - Tutorial

Sewing on cards is a great way to create a beautiful finished edge. I love using the zig zag stitch because it looks nice and is SUPER EASY to keep straight.

Your needle size doesn't matter, just remember that the larger the needle, the larger the hole it leaves. I use a size 11 which is a nice mid size needle. You can still see the holes but they don't overwhelm your stitching.
Another tip is to use your nice colored thread on the top and use a basic cheap thread for your bobbin. This will save you the expense of winding beautiful threads onto the bobbin when nobody will ever see them. When you do this, just make sure that the tension on the bottom is a little tighter than the top. This will pull the top thread down a little farther and you won't see the bottom thread at all. If you have tried to sew on paper and were frustrated with the little loops on the top, it is because your bottom tension is too loose. I use a Brother sewing machine and my tensions are: Top tension is 4 and the bottom is the default. If you keep getting loops, just adjust your top until they disappear.
You will need two pieces of paper but make sure that one piece, if not both are a heavy weight cardstock. Two thin pieces of paper do not stitch well. Cut the two pieces so that the smaller piece is 1/4" smaller than the other on all sides. For my demo, I used one 5" piece and one 4 3/4" piece.
You want to avoid your needle coming into contact with your adhesive. If you sew through your glue, it will not only gum up your needle but will eventually cause your thread to break where you don't need it to break (don't ask me how long it took to realize that!) I usually just make an "X" with my adhesive in the middle, avoiding all edges. This will keep your paper in place while you sew.Okay...on to the zig zag stitch.

For my demo today I have my stitch length set at 1.5 and my width at 3.5. You can experiment and see what you like best.
To begin, place your needle on the RIGHT side of the paper at the top corner. This will make the zig zag go inside your paper, also allowing you to use the edge of your smaller piece to keep the stitch straight. Start slow and make sure your needle always ends up on the right side of the edge.
As you approach your corner slow your needle down and end with your needle on the RIGHT at the very bottom edge. If your needle doesn't naturally end up on the bottom right, just hand turn the dial and guide your needle while keeping your hand firmly on the paper. This will not allow the paper to advance while you place the needle where you want it.With your needle in the down position, lift the presser foot and rotate the paper to begin the new side. Your first one or two stitches will slightly overlap but this creates a clean finished corner. Finish the other two sides using the same method.

When finished with your last corner, leave the needle in the up position and gently pull your cardstock out and cut your threads. Leave a couple of inches of thread.To finish, gently pull the bobbin threads on the back until you can see your top thread come through, using a needle or the tip of your scissors, pull them all the way through to the back of the card.
I knot my thread by tying them all together but if you like, you can just tape them to the back of the card.

To finish your card, just use your adhesive and glue all of the edges, over the thread and stick to your card base.
Voila! You have a beautifully stitched card!
Don't be afraid to play and try out new stitches on scrap paper. Sewing on cards can be a lot of fun!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wizarding Delights

I can't believe the week has flown by so quickly and it is already Thursday! I have been completely overwhelmed with homework the last few weeks so time is just passing me by it seems.
The happy thing about Thursdays are the images I get to show you from Digital Delights by Louby Loo.
I am having so much fun with the Halloween cards. It really makes me want the holiday to arrive (talk about time flying huh!)
This sweetie is called Wizard Toby. you have to see the spooktacular creations from the design team. I know you will think they are Bootiful too. :) hee hee...I can't take credit for that I copied from Wendy but it made me smile :)

Like this card? Buy it HERE

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Digital Delights By Louby Loo- Wizard Toby
Paper: DP DCWV, Paper Temptress Gold Sparkle
Coloring: Prismacolor pencils, OMS
Accessories: Sewing Machine, Pop Dots, Sponges, stickles, spellbinders die, distress inks, magic mesh, jewels

Stamp Something - Spots and Stripes
Ooh La La - Stripes
Timbro Scrapmania - Anything Goes
My Time to Craft - Jewels

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Freebies and Scarecrows...Oh my!

Happy Wednesday and welcome to a brand new Pixie Cottage challenge. This week we are celebrating the harvest and all that goes with it. You can choose fall images, colors, themes...anything you wish. Not to mention, we have a great sketch from our own DT member Adrina.
Not only do we have a great challenge this week but if you visit the Pixie Cottage Blog, you can pick up a wonderful Free Digi by one of our artists ARTish!

Card Recipe:
Stamps: The Pixie Cottage- Fall Friend by Eileen Gutierrez and Apple Bench by Sandra Hammer
Paper: K&Company, Bazzill CS
Ink: Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, antique linen, Tombow Markers
Accessories: Sewing Machine, water brush, Sponges, MS branch punch, stickles, crystal effects, prima flower

365 Cards Day 196 - Country Charm
Pollycraft - Autumn Colors
Paper Make Up - Autumn
Paper Players - Fall color combo
Creative Card Crew - Autumn
Theme Thursday - Autumn
Paperplay - Autumn Colors
Incy Wincy - Autumn Colors
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Colors of Autumn
Wee Memories - Fall into Autumn
Stempel Magie - Fall Colors
Allsorts - Colors of Autumn
Raise the Bar - Orange, Brown and Green
Timbro Scrapmania - Anything Goes
Chamber Maids - Anything Goes
Gingerloft - Anything Goes
Tellens Place - Anything Goes
Daring Card Makers - Masking

Monday, September 13, 2010

Card Shoppe Now Open!

For those readers that like the cards you see, you can now purchase them safely right from my blog. I am adding new things daily so make sure to check out the Shoppe section of my blog! Checkout is through Paypal.

Check it out HERE
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